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How to change your display name on Skype?

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Skype is a video chat service which was created by Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis in 2003. The service soon rose to prominence which can be gauged by the fact that after two years, eBay bought the service for $2.6 billion.

Currently, Skype is under Microsoft’s umbrella, and users can sign up on Skype if they have a Microsoft account. In this article, we explain how you can change the display name on Skype.

Do note that Skype username/ID and Skype display name are two very different things. A display name on Skype is the name that others see while chatting with you and can be changed. While the Skype username is generated by the system which you cannot change. Also, if you have made your Skype account before the Microsoft acquisition (2011), you cannot change the display name.

Also read: How to change your SoundCloud name and username?

Change Skype display name on PC (app and web)

Here are the steps to change your display name on Skype via the PC.

Step 1: Open Skype and then click on the profile picture at the top left of the window.Step 2: Click on the Skype profile option from the drop-down menu.

Step 3: Now, click on the pencil icon on the right of your name. Re-enter your new name and then press Enter. Your display name will change instantly. Remember, you can use the same process on the Skype PC app as well as on Skype web. For more detailed editing, click on the three-dot button on the right of your name and then select Settings. After that, click on Your Profile > Edit Profile. 

Also read: How to start an encrypted Private Conversation on Skype?

How to change Skype display name via the smartphone app?

If you are using the Skype app on your mobile smartphone, then follow the instructions given below to change your display name.

  • Open the Skype app and then tap on the profile picture at the top middle.
  • Now, tap on Skype profile.
  • Next, tap on the pencil icon and then change the name.

How to change the display name on Skype Lite?

If you are using Skype lite, follow the steps given below.

  • Open Skype lite and then tap on the hamburger menu at the top left.
  • Hit the pencil icon and then change the username.
  • When you are done, tap on the tick mark to confirm the changes.

Also read: How to delete your Microsoft account?

Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: